The Board of Directors of CulturalDC announces that Ava LaTanya “Tanya” Hilton will serve as the permanent executive director of CulturalDC. This selection concludes the Board’s year-long search for the replacement for previous executive director, Juanita Hardy. Hilton has served as interim executive director for the past year and is excited to continue her leadership of CulturalDC.
Hilton’s work has been invaluable in expanding CulturalDC’s scope and furthering the organization’s mission. In the 18 months she has served as interim executive director, Hilton has increased corporate giving, created new artist opportunities and has orchestrated the company’s first ever day- long arts and urban innovation summit, bringing together artists, developers and thought-leaders from across the country for VISIONDC. “Tanya’s energy, enthusiasm and vision have been a driving force during this time of transition,” says Maurice Perry, president of CulturalDC’s Board of Directors, “We are thrilled to continue working with her as executive director.”
With over 25 years of experience in technology and organization development, Hilton has directed senior executives in public and private sectors. After Hilton started her career with IBM, she translated her technology experience into large-scale organization transformations through an IBM-sponsored MBA program at Harvard University. She led consulting practices in the non-profit, private and public sectors for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton. Her innovative work with non-profit organizations continued through her consulting group, Hilton Advisors LLC and with her leadership with Educational Foundation for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Hilton also served as a member of the Goodman Theater Women’s Board, the University of Chicago’s Women’s Board, CulturalDC’s Board of Directors and as a founding member of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation “100 Group.” Beyond her career in technology and organization development, Hilton was also a performing artist in the US and Europe.